The Oprah Winfrey Habit That Will Improve Your Sportscasting

Two people I especially admire are Oprah Winfrey and former Philadelphia Eagle turned magician, Jon Dorenbos. I love the two because they both exude joy and gratitude.

Feeling gratitude is critical to feeling joy. Here’s why: it’s impossible to experience negative emotions like frustration, disappointment, or anger when you’re feeling gratitude.

Here are a few things you can do to feel grateful while waiting for the games – and your sportscasting career – to resume.
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Wise Ways to Invest Your Extra Time into Your Career

The San Diego Chargers had a player in the 1990s named Darren Carrington. His locker room nickname was Prison Body because he was so ripped and had washboard abs. He looked like he’d been in prison where he’d had nothing to do except work out.

He looked a lot like me.

Well, maybe not.

While I can’t promise you washboard abs, I can share ways for you to strengthen your career by wisely investing the extra time we all have on our hands right now.
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Inspiration to Fuel Sportscasting Career Success

When STAA hosted our annual One-Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminars, I would hear from attendees who would leave fired up and optimistic about their careers. They would hang on to that inspiration for several days, but their excitement and enthusiasm would eventually wane. That’s because – you’ve heard me say this time and again – motivation is like bathing: you have to seek it every day because it wears off.

Here are some ways to seek daily motivation and inspiration.
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Ways to Stay Sane While Waiting for the Games to Resume

My late twenties was a frustrating time in my sports broadcasting career. I wasn’t getting the opportunities I felt I deserved, and it started to affect me mentally.

One Friday night my dad and I went to a high school football game. I hadn’t shaved for a day or two, and I did not look great. Dad didn’t mention my unkempt appearance, and he even took me out to dinner after the game. (Looking back on it, I appreciate my dad’s patience during that time.)

I wish I would have known some coping mechanisms to get me through that season of frustration.
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The Journalism Masters Myth

Sportscasters experiencing frustration in the job market may wonder if a Masters degree from a broadcast journalism school could get them closer to a network-level play-by-play opportunity.

There are two benefits of getting a Masters degree from a broadcast journalism school.
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How to Get Your Next Sports Broadcasting Job by Being Different

An aspiring sportscaster living in Los Angeles saw an opening for a sports talk radio producer in South Carolina. He badly wanted the job in order to get his foot in the industry. Instead of mailing or emailing his resumé to the employer, he hopped on a plane and hand-delivered it. They were so impressed with his gumption that he got the job.

That aspiring sportscaster was Jonas Knox, who ended up being a sports talk host with Fox Sports Radio Network.
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Screaming The Big Plays? Here’s How to Fix It

When I was the play-by-play voice for the old Anaheim Piranhas of the Arena Football League, I had a conversation with my dad. He said, “Jon, I listened to your broadcast last night.”

I prepared myself for a bunch of compliments and superlatives.

Instead, Pop blindsided me.

He said, “You scream on your touchdown calls.”
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How To Improve Your On-Camera Performance

My senior year at the Princeton of the Plains, Kansas State University, I took a storytelling class from a wonderful women named Charlotte McFarland. The purpose was to develop spontaneity and on camera performance.

The local cable TV station filmed our class doing our final storytelling performances of the semester. When I watched my segment air one week later, my first thought was, “You sure are a handsome guy Jon.” My second thought was, “Love the pink paisley shirt.” My third thought was, “Dude, you have no camera presence. You look nervous, you look scared, you look reserved and you’re mumbling.” So, I went about trying to fix those things.

I don’t know that I’ve improved much, but here are some top tips for improving your on camera performance.
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